Smartphones, Mobile Services, 3D TV, and Smart Grid are key topics at CONNECTIONS™ SUMMIT at CES

Parks Associates today announced the speakers for the CONNECTIONS™ Summit at CES in Las Vegas, January 7, on the first day of the 2010 International Consumer Electronics Show (CES).

Parks Associates today announced the speakers for the CONNECTIONS™ Summit at CES in Las Vegas, January 7, on the first day of the 2010 International Consumer Electronics Show (CES).

Over thirty speakers will participate in sessions moderated by Parks Associates analysts and featuring consumer and industry research on smartphones, mobile services, 3D TV, and smart grid technologies. Session topics also include business strategies for service providers, status of energy management deployment and adoption, and the changing CE purchase patterns for consumers, featuring research from Parks Associates' Consumer Decision Process (CDP) service.

"CONNECTIONS™ Summit will feature our current CDP findings, which support the latest Black Friday numbers - purchase intentions are up slightly from last year, although consumers are still cautious," said Stuart Sikes, President, Parks Associates. "Certain product categories will have a better 2010 than others. Intentions to purchase a game console have plunged since 2008, while mobile phones and digital camcorders have surged, benefiting from new models like smartphones and the Flip Video camcorder."

Summit Sessions:
• Consumer Electronics Purchases: Are Consumers Back in the Buying Mood?
• The Connected TV - Displays and Beyond
• Service Provider Strategies for the Connected Home
• The Mobile Aspect of Unified Infotainment: Opportunities and Challenges
• Advances in Television Advertising
• Bringing the Smart Grid to the Smart Home
• 3D: Adding New Dimensions to Entertainment

Timo Bauer, SVP & GM Americas, NewBay Software
Joly Benoit, Director, Connected Home Applications, Thomson
Jean -Pierre Bienaimé, Chairman, UMTS Forum, Orange
Tom Carroux, Director, Sales and Market Development, Irdeto
Susan Cashen, VP, Control4 Energy Systems
Steve Cashman, Chief Strategy Officer, Exceptional Innovation
Brian Chamberlin, Manager, Interactive Projects, NDS
Chris Deutschen, Senior Manager, Innovation and Business Development, Direct Energy
Jaime Fink, CTO, 2Wire
Hope Fulgham, CEO/CMO, Piazza Advertising
Ted May, VP, Strategy & Business Affairs, Synacor
Arlo Rose, Senior Director, Product Design, Connected TV, Yahoo!
Scott Rosenberg, VP, Advanced Advertising, Rovi Advertising
David Sandford, VP, Marketing & Product Management, TiVo
Rick Schwartz, Senior Product Manager, PacketVideo
Simon Tidnam, VP, Sales & Marketing, HDlogix
Paul Woidke, SVP and GM, Advanced Advertising, OpenTV

Parks Associates Moderators:
Bill Ablondi, Director, Home Systems Research
Jayant Dasari, Analyst
Tricia Parks, CEO
Kurt Scherf, VP, Principal Analyst
Stuart Sikes, President, Parks Associates
Harry Wang, Director, Health & Mobile Product Research
Heather Way, Analyst

Parks Associates will host a Networking Reception following the Summit. Event sponsors include Irdeto, Eyecon Technologies, and Premier Sponsors ActiveVideo Networks, PacketVideo, and RedMere. For information, visit or register at

About CONNECTIONS™ Summit at CES

For the fourth year, Parks Associates is hosting the CONNECTIONS™ Summit at CES. The 2010 event, held on January 7 in Room S225 in the South Hall, features sessions focusing on trends, emerging business models and technologies, and growth opportunities for companies developing products and services for the digital home.

CONNECTIONS™ Summit offers the perfect start to CES, with all sessions moderated by Parks Associates analysts and offering consumer and industry data, insight from leading executives, and networking opportunities with the leading analysts in the digital living space.

Media Contact:
Mindi Sue Sternblitz -Rubenstein
Parks Associates
972 -490 -1113

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